When you have a large collection of sharp objects, it’s only a matter of time before you start throwing them at various targets. Then, when your five-ounce, 3.5-inch blade just isn’t doing it for you anymore, you graduate to axe throwing, opening your world to a whole new level of stump-thwacking satisfaction.
You could just tell people that it’s fun, but this is difficult to understand for those who just don’t “get it”—so we’ve supplied you with a list of more (or less) logical reasons why a human being should try axe throwing.
Feel free to pull this out the next time someone raises an eyebrow at your
1. Axe throwing is physical exercise
Let’s start with the most obvious one. I’m not sure if this is an indication of the physical demands of axe throwing or of how out of shape I am (probably the latter), but my abs were a wee tender after my first time axe throwing. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping and the endorphins flowing. The development of some extra muscle tissue isn’t a bad perk, either.
2. Axe throwing relieves stress
Did your team lose the game? Have a really annoying coworker? Seen the in-laws lately? Whatever’s cramping your style, sinking a heavy piece of steel into a chunk of wood—again, and again, and again—is a pretty good way to blow off some of that extra steam. I would go so far as to call it therapeutic. It certainly costs less than a therapist. So, the next time you want to mouth off at your boss, just go throw some axes (and keep your job) instead.
3. Axe throwing is the ultimate bonding experience
Forget gaming. If you guys really want to feel manly and accomplished, go have an axe throwing tournament with your buddies. Nothing says “brotime” like a bunch of hairy dudes swinging axes, destroying lumber, and talking smack. Bonus points if you grow a beard and wear plaid flannel just for the occasion. Loser buys drinks afterwards.
4. Axe throwing connects you with your primitive roots
Having skills in axe wielding may not carry a lot of weight in our society today, but there was a time when using an axe safely and effectively was a skill upon which every person depended to survive. Learning the skills that are quickly fading from man’s memory closes the distance between us and our past, boosts our confidence, and prepares us for the unexpected.
5. Axe throwing makes you look like a badaxe
Let’s be honest. The best part about axe throwing is getting to pretend like you’re Khal Drogo—mustache foam and all:
Oh, and let’s not forget—this list applies just as much to the ladies. Yeah. We can throw down with the best of them:
In case you were wondering, we put our money where our mouth is at Blade HQ. Watch us try our hand at axe throwing in our most recent Knife Banter episode.
Have we convinced you? If you’ve never tried axe throwing before, it would make our day if you told us that we’ve converted you to the faith. If you’re an ol’ axe throwing pro, how did we do? Any good reasons to pick up axe throwing that we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments.
Got some time to kill? Check out our Other section of Learn Knives. Also, check out Blade HQ’s throwing axes category—you can’t pick up a new hobby without the proper equipment, amiright?